“Focus on your potential instead of your limitations”
~Alan Loy McGinnis
Roger Bannister accomplished something that many thought was impossible. He became the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes.
And when I say it was thought to be impossible, I’m serious. It’s said that so many athletes had tried and failed to run a mile in less than four minutes that it was made out to be a physical impossibility. In fact, according to physiologists of the time, it was believed to be dangerous to the health of any athlete who attempted to reach it.
But that didn’t stop people from trying. Several runners in the early 1950’s dedicated themselves to being the first to cross into the three-minute zone. Imagine that. Mostly everyone thinking that it was impossible to achieve yet many still tried, although they all failed.
That is, until May 6, 1954.
That was the day that the four-minute mile, track and field’s most notorious barrier, was broken by Roger Bannister. Bannister, who was running for the Amateur Athletic Association, won the mile long race with a time of 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.
Here’s where it gets interesting.
Before Bannister accomplished this great feat, the world record for a mile was 4 minutes and 1.3 seconds, set by Gunder Hagg of Sweden in 1945.
Hagg’s record stood for 9 years. 9 years! Why is that significant? Because of how long the new record set by Roger Bannister lasted. It was only 46 days!
The new record, once deemed impossible, was broken by John Landy within 46 days! And two months after that both Bannister and Landy (competing against one another) broke the four minute mile in the same race.
If that’s not enough, within the next three years 16 more runners had logged sub-4-minute miles. Why were so many people suddenly able to do it? Simple, because everyone knew it was possible.
“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.”
It’s much easier to do something that you know is possible isn’t it? But why settle for what’s possible? Push yourself beyond limits and beyond critics. If someone tells you that you can’t do something it usually means that either, they tried and failed, they don’t know how to do it, or they personally don’t know anyone who’s done it. It does not mean that you can’t do it.
If you have a plan and the patience to carry out that plan, in spite of obstacles, you can do it! You can achieve well beyond what you’re currently achieving. Give it your best, reach for the stars and don’t give up!
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. ~Michael Jordan
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